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New musical ‘Amazing Grace’ recounts the story of perfect storm that redeemed a slave trader

Oct 19, 2014 – 12:23 am
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Preview:The acute historical irony is that the hymn “Amazing Grace” — which is the subject of the Broadway-bound musical that opens Oct. 19 at Chicago’s Bank of America Theatre — was written by an English sailor, John Newton, who had prayed in terror during a storm at sea while engaged in the evil of the triangle slave trade.

Theater 2014-15: Packed Broadway in Chicago season brings 3 premieres and hit ‘Newsies’

Sep 23, 2014 – 1:10 pm

16th in a series of season previews: Is Broadway in Chicago flourishing, or what? Whether you look at this high-profile presenter’s 2014-15 season in terms of sheer quantity or with an eye to its scope of appeal, the fall lineup alone – never mind what’s to come in the season’s second half — pops off the page with three premieres and the mega-hit “Disney’s Newsies.”